Risperdal is an antipsychotic preparation

Risperdal is an antipsychotic preparation which is used for treatment of schizophrenia and relieving symptoms of maniac depression. It works by changing brain’s chemical effects. Risperdal might be also used for treating children from autism.

Risperdal uses

Brand(s): RISPERDAL®, RisperDAL M-Tab

Manufacturer: Janssen-Cilag.

Clinico-pharmacological group

Psychotropic medication

Composition, structure and packing:

  • Tablet, elliptical, marked “Janssen”

Basic ingredient:

  • 1mg risperidone

Other ingredients:

silicon dioxide, lactose, sodium, sulfate, starch

The composition of the coating film:

Talc, iron oxide, sodium, water

Basic ingredient:

1mg risperidone


Consulting with a specialist is necessary so as not to cause the decease complication, overdose and side effects, owing to the fact they can be caused by the incorrect treatment. Take the pill with or without food. The medicine can be directed one or two times daily. The dose must be measured by a doctor, according to the patient’s state and indications.

For adolescent patients the proper dose is usually 0,5 mg daily.

2 or 3 mg are recommended for adults suffering from Bipolar Mania. The dose for children is 0,5 mg a day. The dosage can be changed by a psychiatrist, if it is necessary for achieving the best results. The therapy must last under the careful supervision of professionals. Do not change the dosage on your own or double the missed dose.


If you suspect having taken too much of the drug seek for an emergency help.

Experiments have showed the results that such enormous doses as 20-300mg did not lead to any fatal consequences. The over dosage brought about such signs as

  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Tachycardia
  • Hypotension
  • Hypokalemia
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • headaches

Side effects

The most common reactions after taking the preparations were:

  1. Diarrhoea
  2. Dizziness
  3. Tremors
  4. Anxiety
  5. Parkinsonism
  6. Rash
  7. Dryness of mucous membrane of the nasal or mouth cavities.
  8. Chest pains
  9. Headaches
  10. Depression
  11. Feeling stressed
  12. Pains in body parts
  13. Uncontrolled nervous movements of the face muscles
  14. Chills
  15. Fever
  16. Flu symptoms

Serious side effects were reported during the treatment of elderly patients. In addition, it is not appropriate for curing dementia-related psychosis and some of other mental deceases. The therapy must not be started without a prescription of the specialist. During the whole therapy he patients should attend psychiatrist regularly. Patient’s doctor and surroundings have to be attentive to his or her mood and ideas since patients with mental problems may have suicidal ideas. Drinking alcohol also might cause severe reactions.

Indications for use

Schizophrenia, Bipolar Mania, Autistic disorder (not for curing the decease itself but for controlling irritability)


Risperdal is not recommended for patients with hypersensitivity to the medicine. The hypersensitivity to Risperdal caused such severe allergic reaction as anaphylaxis which can be fatal without immediate medical help.

Combining Risperdal with other medications can lead to extra side effects of worsen the positive effect of the therapy. Different medications might interact with ripsodine and herbal products. That is why sticking to a diet might be necessary. Using narcotic painkillers can also cause harm. Do not start taking the drug without a doctor’s prescription.

Where to buy?

You can buy medication in the pharmacy. The medicine must be bought with a doctor’s prescription. It also can be ordered online without it. Using credit or discount cards will make it cheaper.